Gone are the days of traipsing into a dark and dingy unfinished concrete basement to use the washer and dryer. Our laundry rooms are high-functioning spaces, deserving a more dignified design. Is it time to upgrade your laundry room?
How to Update Your Laundry Room: 10 Simple Ideas
These 10 practical ways to upgrade your laundry room will make this ongoing household chore more enjoyable and add value to your home.
1. Hide the washer and dryer
If your home doesn’t have a separate room for your washer and dryer, you can improve the look of the space by hiding the appliances behind a curtain. Better yet, have them installed inside a closet. If you want to dress it up, put decorative doors over the opening.
2. Add more storage
It’s surprising how much space laundry takes up. Maintain a tidy laundry room by adding enough storage to keep dirty laundry out of sight. Pull-out drawers can store laundry bins for easy out-of-the-way sorting. Closed cabinets or floating shelves with decorative bins can store laundry essentials like detergent and fabric softener.
3. Refresh the cabinets
If your laundry room has cabinets, why not use them to transform the space from a utility room to a designer’s delight? Choose finishes with a pop of colour, and upgrade the knobs and pulls with stylish and high-quality options.
4. Incorporate a sink
A sink is such a practical addition to the laundry room. It comes in handy for treating stains, handwashing delicates, or pre-washing grubby clothing. A deep basin is useful and modern-looking.
5. Create a folding station
Even if your laundry room is a small space—like a closet—you can create a folding station simply by installing a countertop above the washer and dryer. This makes folding laundry much easier and saves the hassle of hauling it out into a different room of the house and clearing space for your task.
Another option is to put in a folding wall table. It takes up no space when it’s not in use. When you’re ready to fold laundry, simply fold the table out from the wall and slide it back into place when you’re done.
If your laundry room has the space, take advantage of it and install the largest countertop possible. You won’t regret it because you’ll make use of every inch.
6. Install an ironing board & drying rack
A wall-mounted pull-out ironing board and drying rack are highly functional and efficient. The drying rack helps you keep your laundry out of sight, too.
7. Decorate the walls
Your laundry room can be a pleasant place to do your household tasks. Choose a fun colour to paint the walls, or put up wallpaper for a more interesting touch. A backsplash is another opportunity to add style.
8. Brighten the room
Add under-cabinet lighting to your laundry room for extra brightness. This will add to the overall light in the room, but it’s an advantage when folding laundry or treating stains, too. A statement light fixture adds a splash of luxury to the space.
9. Update the flooring
The flooring in your laundry room doesn’t have to be the same as the rest of the house. Choose sleek tiles or durable laminate in a colour and pattern that complements your cabinets and adds a beautiful design element to the room.
10. Add stylish touches
Try a personal experiment. Add some stylish touches to your laundry room and evaluate the effects on your motivation to do laundry. Pick out some vibrant plants or beautiful artwork to liven up the space. Store supplies in decorative baskets, bins, or lovely glass jars.
Laundry Room Renovation Experts
Is it time to update your laundry room? Looking for ways to create more storage, brighten up the space, or make the room more functional? The renovation experts at Riverstone Kitchens & Renovations can help! Contact us today for a free consultation.